Alice Erh-Soon Tay

Born
1934
Singapore
Died
2004
Australia
Occupation
Academic, Human rights activist and Lawyer
Jurisdiction

Alice Erh-Soon Tay was born in Singapore in 1934. She practised as a criminal lawyer before completing her PhD in Soviet Russia, and then arriving in Australia in the 1960s to take up a position at the Australian National University. Among the highlights of Tay's distinguished career as an academic lawyer at the University of Sydney, was her appointment as president of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), a position she occupied from 1998 to 2003.

Read more about Alice Erh-Soon Tay in our sister publication The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia.

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Tay, Alice Erh-Soon (1934-20041231)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-832036; Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds), 'Tay, Alice Erh-Soon', The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, Australian Women's Archives Project, 2 May 2014, http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0226b.htm.

Prepared by Alexandra Dellios